Professor of the Practice
Director, Immigration Clinic
Professor Kern-Scheerer is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Law. While in law school, she served as Executive Editor of the American Journal of Law & Medicine. She earned her Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health, where she was the Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights Fellow. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Beloit College, where she received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Sociology and French.
Prior to joining the William & Mary faculty, Professor Kern-Scheerer served as Assistant Counsel in the U.S. Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel. As Assistant Counsel, she specialized in drafting legislation for Senators and Senate Committees on matters of Federal health law and policy, particularly public health programs, health insurance, and food and drug safety. She drafted numerous provisions of enacted law on those issues in her role as a nonpartisan legislative writer and counsel.
At W&M Law, in addition to her role as Director of the Immigration Clinic, Professor Kern-Scheerer has taught courses on Legal Writing, Health Law & Policy, Food & Drug Law, and the Opioid crisis. She has also served as the Assistant Director of the Legal Practice Program.
Professor Kern-Scheerer was awarded a "Golden Gavel" by the Honor Council in both 2017 and 2019 for her contributions and commitment to the law school community. She was chosen by the Class of 2017 as the recipient of the Walter L. Williams, Jr. Memorial Teaching Award. In 2018-19, she served as the Kelly Professor for Teaching Excellence and, most recently, in 2019 she received the Law School’s McGlothlin Faculty Teaching Award.